About the Artist

Kathryn "Kit" White

What I Do

Relief Printing

With printmaking, I explore the simplicity of lines and bold shapes, whimsical or silly, that made me fall in love with cartooning. I also like the duality of the work being both the block or plate and the final printed pieces. It’s art that can be both sold and kept at the same time.

After sketching my initial design, I hand carve each linoleum block. Then I roll out the ink onto the block before manually printing each one on paper.

Mixed Media Art & Illustration

My method of 2D art is “everything including the kitchen sink” meets “whatever I can grab at the moment.” From collage and watercolor, to markers, acrylics, and pen and ink, all the way to altered books and visual journals.

cartoons & commissions

Looking for a special, one-of-a-kind gift for a birthday or anniversary? I can draw cartoon portraits of your loved ones or beloved pets, hand colored with alcohol markers or watercolors. Pricing upon request.

Biography

Kit White is a graphic designer, illustrator, and printmaker originally from Northeast Arkansas, and graduated from Arkansas State University in 2001 with a BFA in Graphic Design. While attending AState, her comic strip “Blue Canary” was a top ten finalist for the Scripps Howard Charles M. Schultz Award for College Cartooning.

While skilled in digital graphics that are stock in trade for Graphic Design, her current works are in printmaking, altered books and mixed media. She enjoys creating art by hand to explore both the visual and written aspect of art.

Kit currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi with her fiancé and 3 cats. Her artwork is also available locally through the Craftsmen’s Guild Gallery at the Bill Waller Mississippi Crafts Center, and at local markets and shows around the Jackson Metro area, such as the Magnolia Sunset Market.

Member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of MS

Artist’s Statement

I’ve been fascinated with making art since childhood, though it took awhile to learn that it was what I wanted to do. My mother jokes that at least now it’s on paper and not crayons on the walls. Truth is, the wall is never off the table. I just don’t let my parents know that.

Discovering I was an artist was easy compared to figuring out what I wanted to do with it and how; this led me to earning a BFA for graphic design and creating a comic strip for the college newspaper, to experimenting with jewelry-making, photography, and even knitting. Grief and a life-changing event at age 28 brought me to mixed media with such works as altered books and visual journals as a way to express my feelings. However, it was encouragement from friend and fellow artist, Emily Justice, that led me back to printmaking in 2018.

While I plan on continuing with linoblocks and mixed media collage, I like branching out and learning new things and new techniques. Recently, I learned about collagraphs, and now I want to find ways to bring more of my collage and mixed media work into my prints. I am excited to experiment with monoprints and collagraphs in this way, in the future.

My influences are varied from comic creators to fine artists to writers: David Mack (Kabuki), Jeff Smith (Bone), Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½), Terry Pratchett, Japanese block prints, the printers and poster makers of the Art Nouveau period like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the animation of Studio Ghibli, Looney Tunes, Disney, and Hanna Barbera studios, pop culture, but most importantly: Nanci Zimmer, my high school art teacher Frank Mross, my dear friend and renaissance woman Alice Woodside, and college printmaking professor Evan Lindquist.

Upcoming Art Shows, Demos & Markets

Nov. 27 • Jxn Flea at the Ecoshed

Nov. 27 • Jxn Flea at the Ecoshed

It’s another market on Saturday, Nov. 27th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm! I will have a selection of Lino block prints and mixed media work available for sale. Come out and support local small businesses and makers!

Nov. 19 – 21 • Allumer Natchez

Nov. 19 – 21 • Allumer Natchez

Conde Contemporary and should be very cool indeed. It’s a 3 night event, so if you’re in the Miss-Lou region–come out and enjoy the light installations and hit up us vendors for unique gifts for the holidays!